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Formatting External drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Dennis, May 29, 2010.

  1. Dennis

    Dennis Flightless Bird

    I have a Western Digital 1.0 TB drive WD10EALS that I'm attempting to
    install as an external drive through a USB port. When plugged in,
    Windows XP said it found it and installed it. But, it is not accessible
    and not given a drive letter. I've tried Western Digital's Diagnostic
    and their Align programs and neither recognize it to work with it.
    How do I get it recognized or formatted, which ever I need done?
     
  2. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:gZKdnYVsb_bDgpzRnZ2dnUVZ_hGdnZ2d@bright.net,
    Dennis <den942@bright.net> typed:
    > I have a Western Digital 1.0 TB drive WD10EALS that I'm
    > attempting to install as an external drive through a USB
    > port. When plugged in, Windows XP said it found it and
    > installed it. But, it is not accessible and not given a
    > drive letter. I've tried Western Digital's Diagnostic and
    > their Align programs and neither recognize it to work with
    > it. How do I get it recognized or formatted, which ever I need
    > done?


    Go to Administrative Tools; Disk Management in Control Panel and give the
    drive a letter. Then it'll show in explorer, etc. as it's supposed to.

    To format it, just right click the icon for the drive letter or use My
    Computer and right click the drive letter, and choose format. Follow
    instructions.
    Most are preformatted; are you sure you have to format it?

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  3. Andrew E.

    Andrew E. Flightless Bird

    The 1st post is somewhat correct,however,try run,type: diskmgmt.msc
    In msc,L.click the drive,go to actions,all,select: "make active"


    "Dennis" wrote:

    > I have a Western Digital 1.0 TB drive WD10EALS that I'm attempting to
    > install as an external drive through a USB port. When plugged in,
    > Windows XP said it found it and installed it. But, it is not accessible
    > and not given a drive letter. I've tried Western Digital's Diagnostic
    > and their Align programs and neither recognize it to work with it.
    > How do I get it recognized or formatted, which ever I need done?
    > .
    >
     
  4. John John - MVP

    John John - MVP Flightless Bird

    Andrew E. wrote:
    > The 1st post is somewhat correct,however,try run,type: diskmgmt.msc
    > In msc,L.click the drive,go to actions,all,select: "make active"


    You don't really know what this "make active" thing is now, do you?

    John


    > "Dennis" wrote:
    >
    >> I have a Western Digital 1.0 TB drive WD10EALS that I'm attempting to
    >> install as an external drive through a USB port. When plugged in,
    >> Windows XP said it found it and installed it. But, it is not accessible
    >> and not given a drive letter. I've tried Western Digital's Diagnostic
    >> and their Align programs and neither recognize it to work with it.
    >> How do I get it recognized or formatted, which ever I need done?
    >> .
    >>
     

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